Fisher Tapes Show in China

September 20, 2011  Marysville Advocate

by Julie Perry

A trip to Beijing, China, did not net another Guinness Book of World Records entry for Bob Fisher, but it will put him in front of his largest audience next month.
Fisher and wife Connie, Vermillion, were in Beijing, from Aug. 17 to 28 to film an episode on “Zheng Da Zong Yi,” a television show that airs on CCTV and features various Guinness Book of World Records entries. The show is filmed before a studio audience and will air Oct. 7 in China to an audience of 50 million.
“The China trip was amazing,” Bob Fisher said. “I don’t know how many times we used the word unbelievable, but it was a lot.”
Fisher, who was invited earlier this year to appear on the show since he holds nine free-throw shooting records, tried to break his minute mark, but came up seven short with 43 made instead.
“I did not shoot well,” he said.
But it was fun to watch the other acts perform, he said. Among the acts was Canadian Kevin Fast, a Lutheran pastor who is the world’s strongest man.
“We met some fellow Guinness record holders from Australia and Canada who we become friends with,” Fisher said.
In the 10 days the Fishers were in Beijing, they toured the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Olympic Stadium, Hutong District, Temple of Heaven, Beijing zoo and the Silk Market.
“Connie and I mastered chopsticks and I actually put on a couple of pounds,” Fisher said. “We really loved the street vendors who sold a slice of cantaloupe on a stick. We stayed away from their cooked food, though. We mastered the subway system, which is unbelievably crowded. Actually it’s crowded everywhere. To own a car in Beijing you must win the lottery. Every month they pull 19,000 names out of a barrel of people who want a car. It is their way of controlling traffic congestion.”
The Fishers, who arrived home Aug. 28 after a 10-day stay, hope to be invited to other countries that have similar shows.

Bob Fisher sets 9th Guinness World Record™

Bob Fisher set his 9th Guinness World Record™ at the 2011 NBA All-Star Jam in Los Angeles, CA.  Fisher set the record for “the most free throws in one minute while standing on one leg”.

Representatives from Guinness were present at the event yesterday to certify any would be records set in several attempts by various basketball stars.  Bob captured the only record of the day, making an amazing 49 baskets.

Record-holder adds bonus

Mar. 8th, 2010 – Topeka Capital Journal

Front Page Story!

Bob Fisher made the most of his and-one situation and canned the bonus.

Already the owner of the world record for most free throws made in a minute, the Centralia shooter Sunday broke the two-minute record.  He made 88 free throws to break the mark of 68 held by Rick Rosser, of Alabama.

Fisher set his first record Jan. 9, making 50 free throws in a minute.  Both records were recorded at Valley Heights High School, where Fisher is an assistant basketball coach.

Fisher Does it Again!

Mar. 8th, 2010 – Northeast Kansas Sports (

by Wade Gerstner

A new world record for the most free throws in two minutes was set Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Valley Height High School.  Bob Fisher of Centralia, Kansas made 88 in two minutes to break the previous record of 68 which was held by Rick Rosser of Alabama.  This is the second world record for Fisher as he set the most free throws in one minute with 50 on January 9, 2010.

Fisher Breaks Guinness Free Throw Record!

Jan. 18th, 2010 – Northeast Kansas Sports (

by Wade Gerstner

Congratulations to Bob Fisher who set a new Guinness World Record for most free throws in a minute at Valley Heights High School on Jan.9 , 2010, by making 50 free throws in a minute!!!  The record was held by David Berstrom of Sweden with 48 in a minute.

Watch here!

Learn more about Coach Fisher’s instructional shooting at the following website.

Read on for more insight to Coach Fisher’s accomplishments.

Testimonial from Valley Heights Girls Head Coach

“Coach Fisher contacted me about 18 months ago about shooting and hand placement on the ball.  As a young coach, I was pretty skeptical, even knowing Bob for my entire life.  We met at the gym a couple of times, really so I could gain more information about the research and methods he was experimenting with.  When I started experimenting with my own shot, I found more success than I ever had shooting the ball (and I was a better-than-decent shooter before that).  After digesting quite a lot of information, I asked Coach to work with a couple of my girls during the summer.  The results were better than what I expected, and their confidence in shooting grew tremendously.  We are a 2A school, so we don’t have 40 kids wanting to play Varsity.  This season, we have 14 girls out for basketball at Valley Heights High School.  Coach Fisher works with every one of them.  He focuses on different aspects of shooting, as well as covering the variables involved in why players miss shots.  Currently, we are shooting 10% better from the free-throw line than we did last year.  Our leading scorer, Macy Parker, is averaging over 17 points per game, but is shooting from the field @ 57.1% (that includes threes).  That’s about 15 points higher than last season.  The success stories continue throughout our roster.  Each player has experienced individual success shooting the ball, and some have eclipsed goals they set at the beginning of the season.

His methods are very different, but I’m convinced he’s one of the best in the world when it comes to shooting fundamentals.  He has developed a method that takes individual differences into account when finding correct hand-placement on the ball.  From there, you must find the point where your shot begins, and then find the exact point where it should end.  In this Point A to Point B method, there is an allowed variance of 3 tenths of an inch.  From there, muscle memory must be utilized and players have to shoot a large volume of shots to re-wire their individual circuitry.  Also figured in is the angle of trajectory or launch, as well and the speed that cooperates with that angle.

This is easy for me to put into a paragraph, but the difficulty in explaining all of this to young players is simplified by the props/examples he uses to show, not just to tell them.  Coach Fisher is a huge asset to what we do when it comes to shooting the basketball.

On the World Record:

I’m just happy he has achieved his goal.  As with any basketball player, a coach wants to challenge them to attempt to do things that may seem out of reach.  Coach Fisher has taken on this challenge in front of our team and achieved something very special in a basketball scene.

His preparation was attacked the same way a coach would prepare a team to play a game/season.  He’s used chunking to break things down, as well as aspects you talk about daily with your team.  Focus on what you are doing is something that he’s relied on to help him achieve this success.

Watching him prepare was almost unreal.  It was an eye-opener to watch someone put up 72 shots in 60 seconds, and still make a high percentage of them.  He’s extremely motivated and spends countless hours in the gym.  His accomplishment is great, but I’m sure that he will make more than 50 before the basketball season is over.  His dedication to basketball and to helping young players find success is second to none.  I’m yet to meet someone who spends the amount of time in the gym that Bob does.”

Ryan Noel
Valley Heights Girls Head Coach